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style of popular music that flourished during the 1970s. Originating in the United States, it evolved mainly from funk, soul, and salsa and became popular worldwide. Characterized by a heavy, thumping rock and roll beat, a soulful singing style, and surging orchestrations, disco was primarily dance music, and it became the dominant musical feature of clubs throughout the country as the 1970s progressed. The music was particularly popular in the gay community, where its songs became anthems for new freedom and visibility. The first disco song is said to have been recorded in 1972; the style's heyday ran from 1973 to 1979. Among the major stars of disco were Abba, the Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor, Labelle, Sister Sledge, Donna Summer, and the Village People. In the 1980s a strong counterreaction emerged to disco and its dominance of the pop music scene, but the style has exerted a lasting influence on pop music.


See studies by A. H. Goldman (1978), E. Haas (1994), J.-M. Andriote (2001), A. Jones and J. Kantonen (2001), A. Echols (2010), and P. Shapiro (2010).


Microsoft's lightweight counterpart to UDDI for discovering Web services. Directed more to organizations that want to implement Web services internally, Disco is included in the .NET Framework. See UDDI.
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Enjoy two nights in Split, Croatia, at the four-star Hotel Authentic and make the most of a two-day pass to Discotheque Riva festival from PS219 per person with Festicket.
Shortly after this attack someone came by the targeted discotheque and wrote the words 'They won't stop us from dancing,'" said Harris.
On voit immediatement l'impact de ce bouleversement de taille sur nos pratiques : la discotheque, par son universalisme, s'adressait a tous les publics ou presque, demain nos espaces musiques n'accueilleront plus, au mieux, que des specialistes, amateurs pointus de tel ou tel genre musical.
Dass and Sarita Dass went to Black discotheque one evening but when the manager, K.
The former First Leisure estate comprises some of the largest and most successful nightclubs in the UK, including M2 --formerly Infinity and Discotheque Royale -- in Manchester.
The bombing attacks took place in front of the Sari Club discotheque and inside Paddy's Irish Pub, both in Kuta, a busy tourist area near Denpasar, as well as near the U.
In addition--and perhaps this is the real sign that progress is being made--the Center will soon sport a bar and discotheque.
A FOND farewell to the Bradford pop-rockers, this is a compilation that shows just why they were such festival favourites from the singalong Tequila and demented Discotheque Wreck to the poppy Perseverance (you know, the one with the whales and dolphins).
Many aircrews who stay overnight in Israel use a hotel located close to where a bomber killed himself and 20 others outside a discotheque on 1 June, Reuters reported.
A Palestinian suicide bomber detonates a device outside an Israeli beachfront discotheque in Tel Aviv killing himself and 20 Israelis and injuring more than 90 people, mostly teenagers, almost all of them Russian-speaking immigrants.
From an Associated Press story datelined Warsaw on a discotheque that recently opened in a former tannery about a mile from the Auschwitz concentration camp: "`Once an investor fulfills formal requirements, he will get permission,' said Adam Bilski, the administrator for the city of Auschwitz.
You cannot put a discotheque or a nightclub on the stage," he says.